The Seattle Seahawks are prepared to pay top dollar to lure their star running back Marshawn Lynch back to play in 2015. However, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, sources close to Lynch claim that his back issues could be a major factor in his decision to play or retire in 2015.
Reportedly, Lynch has compressed cartilage in his back which will not heal and can worsen due to Lynch’s rugged running style. At times, Lynch’s back would cause him problems on the field, especially in freezing temperatures. There was speculation during a game last season against the Kansas City Chiefs that Lynch remained on the sidelines instead of going to the locker room because he feared his back would tighten up. The temperature that day was in the low 20’s with the wind-chill factor in the teens.
With an existing offer of $10 million-plus for next season on the table, Seattle certainly isn’t messing around when it comes to showing Lynch respect. However, if Lynch is truly concerned about his health and longevity at only 28-years-old, no amount of money will be enough to convince him to risk what could be a painful back injury he will have to live with the rest of his life.
You simply can’t blame a player for walking away if his long-term health will be impacted by remaining in the game. If that’s the case with Lynch, a potential retirement would be more than justified.